The Note: Drama Club

A verdict, finally: "A federal jury Wednesday convicted developer Antoin "Tony" Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich," per Bob Secter and Jeff Coen of the Chicago Tribune. "Rezko's guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich, who made Rezko a central player in his kitchen cabinet. It could also prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain."

Too late for Hillary -- but not for the RNC. New Website alert: RezkoJudgment.com.

The Kicker:

"Given our expenses, I know my campaign would agree to it." -- John McCain, proposing that he share a plane with Barack Obama when headed to the town-hall-style debates he's calling for.

"Let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he sounds pretty scary." -- Barack Obama, deadpanning at AIPAC about the e-mail whispering campaign that continues to rage about his background.

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